At vespers for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, the Holy Father recalls the past year, praises God for his love and the mystery of his salvation, and encourages evangelization: 'Christ’s disciples are called to reawaken in themselves and in others the longing for God and the joy of living for him and bearing witness to him.' He also said: 'Let us place in his hands the tragedies of this world, and let us also offer him our hopes for a brighter future.'
Benedict wrote: "The 'door of faith' is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. He hopes this year will bring a rediscovery and renewal of faith within the Church and world.
In a recent interview, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity recalls then-Cardinal Ratzinger’s 2000 speech in which he spoke about Christians’ need to live their faith, how God is in charge of evangelizing results, and the ‘logic of the cross.’